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  • Four Security Alerts In Northern Ireland
    Four Security Alerts In Northern Ireland Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Four security alerts in Northern Ireland have sparked evacuations and caused a major railway line to be closed. An explosive device was thought to have gone off underneath a car in St James Street, west Belfast, on Wednesday night. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) later said on Twitter at about 2pm: "St James Rd in west Belfast has now reopened. Two other areas of the city - North Queen Street and Friendly Street - were also affected after suspicious objects were found on Thursday. More »

  • Police deal with four security alerts in Northern Ireland Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    By Cathal McNaughton BELFAST (Reuters) - Police in Northern Ireland were dealing with four separate security alerts on Thursday, including an explosion under a car in the capital Belfast, but no one was injured and it was unclear if the incidents were linked to political violence. "We believe at this stage that a device may have exploded, or partially exploded under a parked car, causing extensive damage to the car," the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said in a statement. Separately, police said they had received reports that a suspected bomb had been left near a railway crossing in Lurgan, outside Belfast, on Wednesday night. The railway line between Belfast and Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, had been suspended until further notice. More »

  • Gerry Adams tells Northern Ireland bombers - stop violence and seek peace Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams called on those behind a suspected car bomb in Northern Ireland to stop their violence and seek peace. A bomb exploded under a car in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, but no one was injured, while part of a major train line has been suspended in a separate security alert, police said on Thursday. More »

  • Holy mackerel! Belfast warned not to eat free fish Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — This fish tale might be a wee bit hard to stomach. More »

  • UK leader: Northern Ireland should be included in TV debates
    UK leader: Northern Ireland should be included in TV debates Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron says Northern Ireland should be included in United Kingdom-wide television debates in the run-up to the U.K. general election in May. More »

  • Thousands Without Water In Northern Ireland
    Thousands Without Water In Northern Ireland Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Nearly 8,000 homes in Northern Ireland remain without water due to industrial action over pensions. Counties Tyrone and Fermanagh have been worst-affected after staff voted to withdraw on-call services. Representatives from NI Water and the unions have been meeting at the Labour Relations Agency, with both sides saying they would remain there overnight in a bid to resolve the crisis. In a statement, NI Water said it regretted that 7,750 properties in west Tyrone and Fermanagh were without their supply. More »

  • Northern Ireland to cut 20,000 public-sector jobs - minister
    Northern Ireland to cut 20,000 public-sector jobs - minister Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    Northern Ireland plans to cut 20,000 public-sector jobs over four years as part of a bid to put the province's finances on a more sustainable footing, the region's finance minister said on Monday. The cuts, out of the province's total workforce of 820,000, are part of a wide-reaching political agreement reached in December that paves the way for Northern Ireland to cut its corporate tax rate to better compete with the Republic of Ireland for foreign direct investment. The Northern Ireland government hopes to make the job cuts through voluntary redundancies and a hiring freeze rather than layoffs. December's Stormont House agreement "outlined our agreement to reduce the public-sector workforce in Northern Ireland by 20,000 posts over the next four years through a combination of measures such as a Voluntary Exit Scheme and recruitment freezes," the province's finance minister, Simon Hamilton, told the region's parliament on Monday. More »

  • Northern Ireland's Allen masters Higgins
    Northern Ireland's Allen masters Higgins Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    Mark Allen overcame some heavy scoring from former world champion John Higgins to book his place in the quarter-finals of the Masters with a 6-4 victory over the Scotsman at London's Alexandra Palace on Wednesday. More »

  • Petrol bomb attack on mother and baby in Belfast
    Petrol bomb attack on mother and baby in Belfast Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    This came as the third attack on a home in the city in three days. More »

  • Belfast is actually getting a café devoted to crisp sandwiches
    Belfast is actually getting a café devoted to crisp sandwiches Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    It started as a wind-up, but now it’s the real deal. More »

  • Family of eight missing from Northern Ireland located in the Republic
    Family of eight missing from Northern Ireland located in the Republic Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    The children are aged between five years and nine months old. More »

  • Belfast prison agrees to take drug smuggler Michaela McCollum
    Belfast prison agrees to take drug smuggler Michaela McCollum Wed, Jan 7, 2015

    The Peruvian ministry of justice and human rights must repatriate her for the move to go ahead. More »

  • Opinion: Charles Haughey’s election as Fianna Fáil leader – the Northern Ireland …
    Opinion: Charles Haughey’s election as Fianna Fáil leader – the Northern Ireland … Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    What impact did Haughey’s stance (real or perceived) on Northern Ireland have on his successful election as Taoiseach and president of Fianna Fáil? More »

  • 21-year-old Leontia Teague missing from Belfast
    21-year-old Leontia Teague missing from Belfast Sun, Jan 4, 2015

    Her family are becoming increasingly concerned for her welfare. More »

  • Belfast leaders strike deal to save power-sharing
    Belfast leaders strike deal to save power-sharing Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    DUBLIN (AP) — Northern Ireland leaders reached agreement to sustain their troubled Catholic-Protestant government Tuesday following all-night Belfast talks that reduced some negotiators to bleary-eyed exhaustion. More »

  • Obama praises Northern Ireland power-sharing deal Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama is praising a power-sharing deal reached by leaders in Northern Ireland and says it will help the country deal with issues that have plagued its past. More »

  • Northern Ireland Parties Hail Agreement
    Northern Ireland Parties Hail Agreement Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Northern Ireland's political parties have reached agreement on a range of issues that had threatened the devolved government's future. More »

  • Northern Ireland rivals clinch deal on austerity, historic crimes
    Northern Ireland rivals clinch deal on austerity, historic crimes Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    BELFAST (Reuters) - Irish nationalists and pro-British unionists in Northern Ireland struck a deal on Tuesday covering austerity spending and historic crimes, staving off a collapse of the power-sharing government set up in 1998 to end decades of sectarian violence. First Minister Peter Robinson said the deal, reached after months of talks and several missed deadlines, paved the way for the British province to acquire devolved powers to set its own corporation tax rate. ... More »

  • Were there nuclear missiles stored in Northern Ireland?
    Were there nuclear missiles stored in Northern Ireland? Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    That was a big question back in the early 1980s. More »

  • Anti-abortion protester convicted of harassment outside Belfast clinic
    Anti-abortion protester convicted of harassment outside Belfast clinic Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Bernadette Smyth is appealing the decision. More »

  • Apparently, we’ve just given Northern Ireland 29 partridges … But no pear t …
  • UK leader leaves Belfast peace talks without deal
    UK leader leaves Belfast peace talks without deal Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    DUBLIN (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron made a surprise early exit from Northern Ireland peace talks Friday after making a conditional offer of "financial firepower" for the region's Catholic-Protestant government, but local leaders dismissed his pledge as bogus amid rising fears that power-sharing could end soon. More »

  • Cameron leaves Northern Ireland without deal to end deadlock
    Cameron leaves Northern Ireland without deal to end deadlock Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    By Ian Graham BELFAST (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron left Northern Ireland on Friday without a deal he hoped would end months of political deadlock over financial and cultural disputes in the province. The nationalist Sinn Fein party branded efforts by Britain and Ireland to help negotiate an accord as "amateurish". Britain called all-party talks nine weeks ago aimed at breaking an impasse over budget cuts among Belfast's power-sharing government and settling other divisive issues like parading and the flying of flags. ... More »

  • Northern Ireland Talks End Without Deal
    Northern Ireland Talks End Without Deal Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    David Cameron says it has not been possible to reach a deal with Northern Ireland politicians over the future of Stormont. More »

  • British and Irish leaders bid to break deadlock in Belfast
    British and Irish leaders bid to break deadlock in Belfast Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    The British and Irish prime ministers engaged in marathon talks into the early hours of Friday in a bid to break political deadlock in Northern Ireland's fragile unity government. More »

  • UK, Irish premiers take charge of Belfast talks
    UK, Irish premiers take charge of Belfast talks Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    DUBLIN (AP) — The British and Irish prime ministers took control Thursday of multi-party talks on Northern Ireland's future with survival of the region's Catholic-Protestant government at stake. More »

  • Cameron wants end to Northern Ireland political deadlock this week
    Cameron wants end to Northern Ireland political deadlock this week Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron wants a deal to end political deadlock in Northern Ireland's power-sharing government over budget cuts this week, he said on Thursday. Britain called all-party talks nine weeks ago aimed at breaking the impasse in Belfast's devolved government - where power is shared between nationalist and unionist parties following three decades of sectarian violence - and settling other divisive issues like parading and the flying of flags. "These talks have reached a crucial phase ... ... More »

  • Northern Ireland outlaws paying for sex, 1st in UK Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland has become the first part of the United Kingdom to outlaw paying for sex, mirroring a move pioneered in Scandinavian countries. More »

  • UK, Irish premiers to join Belfast peace talks
    UK, Irish premiers to join Belfast peace talks Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    DUBLIN (AP) — The prime ministers of Britain and Ireland, David Cameron and Enda Kenny, will travel to Belfast later this week in hopes of forging an agreement to sustain Northern Ireland's fraying unity government. More »

  • Families of the Disappeared suffer as Northern Ireland drags feet on past
    Families of the Disappeared suffer as Northern Ireland drags feet on past Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    By Conor Humphries GLENAVY, Northern Ireland (Reuters) - As Brendan Megraw's coffin was lowered into his family grave 36 years after he was kidnapped and shot by the IRA, the mourners at the cemetery felt relief but also anger at Northern Ireland's reluctance to investigate its past. Among those gathered at the graveside were relatives of a dozen other people "disappeared" by the Irish Republican Army in the 1970s and 80s. Six bodies remain missing and, like most of the 3,600 victims of the "Troubles", none of the crimes have been solved. ... More »

  • Belfast investigation opens into IRA rape case Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — A top English human rights lawyer has opened an official Belfast fact-finding probe into why a criminal trial against an alleged Irish Republican Army rapist collapsed. More »

  • Stormont finance minister refuses 'foolhardy' guarantee on Northern …
    Stormont finance minister refuses 'foolhardy' guarantee on Northern … Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    Stormont's finance minister has refused to guarantee that he will change Northern Ireland's libel laws even if a government commissioned report into the legislation recommended such a move. More »

  • Britain tells Northern Ireland: Set corporate tax if you can break political … Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain pledged to devolve corporation tax setting powers to Northern Ireland as soon as next year but only if Belfast can break a political deadlock on budget cuts, a condition described as "breathtakingly arrogant" by nationalist Sinn Fein. Northern Ireland shares mainland Britain's 21 percent corporate tax rate, much higher than a 12.5 percent rate across the border in Ireland that has helped the country become one of the largest recipients of U.S. foreign direct investment. ... More »

  • Autumn Statement 2014: George Osborne confirms plans for Northern Ireland corporation …
    Autumn Statement 2014: George Osborne confirms plans for Northern Ireland corporation … Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed that he is willing to devolve corporation tax setting powers to the Northern Ireland Assembly if local officials can prove they are able to handle it. More »

  • George Osborne considers Northern Ireland corporation tax devolution in exchange …
    George Osborne considers Northern Ireland corporation tax devolution in exchange … Tue, Dec 2, 2014

     Chancellor George Osborne is expected to permit Northern Ireland to set its own corporation tax. More »